Lent 2012 ~ The Purpose Driven Life, Day 6

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Day Six ~ Life is a Temporary Assignment

I am a big believer in “God Things,”  when something happens for no other reason than God made it happen.  The phone call that changed my life (which you can read about  here ) was a TOTAL God thing.

Today’s lesson is a God thing.

I lost a friend last night, a young father in great shape with a young toddler son and young wife died.  His death was totally unexpected, a real shock to the system.

Since learning about Mike’s death this morning, I have naturally been upset.  But in addition to being upset, I have been questioning how God could do something like this.

Why would God strike down a young father , in the prime of his life when his young son will need him?  Knowing it is part of God’s plan and there is a reason doesn’t always make it any easier to understand.

Tonight, Warren’s words have been provided at the perfect time for me to hear.  Beginning with two scriptures from Psalm.

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.  Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.  Psalm 39:4 (NLT)

I am here on earth for just a liitle while.  Psalm 119:19 (TLV)

What is important to know is that while our life here on earth is fleeting, it is only a pre-cursor to our EVERLASTING life.  Today my friend made his journey into everlasting life where he will live with God throughout eternity.

It still isn’t fair that a young wife will have to bury her husband or a young child will grow up without his father.  Yet, it is part of a bigger picture, it is our responsibility to make sure this child knows his father and that his wife is comforted.

God will provide a way for this family, we will mourn the loss and Mike will walk with God through eternity.

A God Thing…..

DAY SIX:  THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE

Point to Ponder:  The world is not my home.

Verse to Remember: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Question to Ponder:  How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?

RIP ~ Mike Pisano

The Town of Lake Park was dealt a cruel blow last night.  Our Marina Director Mike Pisano passed away suddenly.

Mike was a big jovial fun-loving guy who LOVED Lake Park and the Lake Park Marina.  But most of all he loved his wife Larisa and son MJ.

Although he looked like a tough guy, Mike always met you with a hug and smile.  This past Friday night I was talking with him at the Sunset Celebration, he was so proud of his son, sharing pictures with me.  Ironically, as I was leaving I caught myself and went back to tell him thanks for a great event…. I am so glad I did.

Mike will be missed, we as a Town are better off to have had him as a member of our staff.

God Bless Mike Pisano and his family and may he Rest In Peace.

Arrangements for Mike Pisano are:  Viewing will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Forest Hills Funeral Homes. 2001 sw Murphy Road, Palm City, Florida.  

Services will be on Friday 12pm at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in 1454 SW Mapp Road, Palm City, Florida

It’s National Pancake Day! REJOICE!

Maybe everyone should call in late to work today…. it is National Pancake Day!  Yummy breakfast for everyone and to make it better…. FREE pancakes at IHOP.

On this date since 2006, IHOP has been hosting National Pancake Day.  Guests can get a free stack of buttermilk pancakes and in return they are asked to leave a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.

Check their website for you closest location!

Life’s Playlist… You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette

You Oughta Know, performed by Alanis Morissette